KDE Software Compilation 4.14 Released

The KDE Applications stack has been updated for KDE 4.,14 while the Plasma Workspaces and Development Platform are transitioning to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5…

WebKitGTK+ 2.5.2 Drops GTK+2 Dependency

WebKitGTK+, a version of the WebKit open source web engine that uses GTK+ as its user-facing frontend, has reached version 2.5.2.

WebKitGTK+ is out and includes both the WebKit1 and WebKit2 APIs by default. As for the WebKit1 API, it’s now in maintenance mode and the developers will continue to fix any bugs that might pop up.

The developers have explained that "WebKitGTK+ is the GNOME platform port of the WebKit rendering engine. Offering WebKit’s full functionality through a set of GOb… (read more)

The Many Things You Can Build With A Raspberry Pi

Ruth Suehle and Tom Callaway are presenting at LinuxCon 2014 Chicago tomorrow about many different Raspberry Pi hacks and other Linux capabilities of these low-cost, low-performance single board computers…

AMD’s Catalyst Linux Driver Preparing For A World Without An X Server?

AMD’s proprietary Catalyst Linux driver installer is interestingly being prepared for an environment without an X.Org Server…

GNOME’s Window and Compositing Manager Mutter 3.14 Beta 1 Gets More Wayland Improvements

Mutter, a window and compositing manager that displays and manages your desktop via OpenGL, has reached version 3.14 Beta 1.

Florian Müllner has announced that Mutter 3.14 Beta 1 has been released, featuring a number of changes and improvements.

According to the changelog, Xsync is now called once per frame, GLSL is now being used by Mutter, gestures and touch events on Wayland are now being handled properly, support has been added for the un-minimize compositor effects, the frame back… (read more)

Why Bootstrap Has Matched the Hype

Bootstrap is no longer a buzzword in web-design. It has become a full-fledged action verb. “Are you having trouble starting your web-design project? Just Bootstrap it.” When a brand name like Twitter Bootstrap becomes an informal everyday word, you know that people like it and that people use it, a lot.

In the likes Xerox for photocopying, and Google for online searching, Bootstrap has essentially become the go-to framework for designing websites. That may be a bit of a bold statement given the number of competitors in the market, but hear me out. In my previous post, I gave a brief history of the unlikely birth and explosive hype surrounding the Twitter Bootstrap framework.

Now, let’s look into 5 reasons why Bootstrap has matched the hype.

1. Time Saver:

Bootstrap comes equipped with pre-made grids, patterns, and ready-to-go CSS and HTML style elements like tables, forms, buttons, icons etc. What does this mean for the busy web-designer? It means that you literally have everything you need to create a professional looking website from scratch, all with one package of Bootstrap. Gone are the days where you have to style and code every element of your webpage, just Bootstrap it.

2. Fully Responsive:

Nearly all websites need to be mobile ready and responsive, especially ecommerce websites. You want your visitors to be able to browse products on a desktop at home, add products on their tablet while waiting to board a plane, and complete checkout on their smartphone after landing. It happens more and more each day as the power of mobile design and mobile payments evolve. Bootstrap comes ready with a variety of responsive grids to service every level of mobile ready design.

3. Active Community:

To date, Bootstrap’s GitHub repository has 70,000 stars (which equate to Facebook likes, or Google +1’s). It also has nearly 600 contributors making it one of the most popular repositories on GitHub. You can be sure that if you ever have a problem, concern or question, simply post the question on GitHub Bootstrap threads and interact with the experts. Chances are, your question has been answered already. It’s good to know the community has got your back.

4. JavaScript Plugin Bundles:

One of Bootstrap’s greatest features is that it comes pre-bundled with a variety of useful JavaScript plugins. Every designer knows the headache that can come with compatibility between JavaScript functions and your web-design. Fortunately, all of Bootstraps pre-bundled JS plugins work flawlessly. Do you need animated tabs, moving sliders and collapsible menus? Just Bootstrap it.

5. Docs. Docs. Docs:

One can never underestimate the power of good documentation. Bootstrap is heralded around the web-design world for having extensive, helpful and easy-to-read documentation. They provide examples of nearly every element. I can’t forget to mention that it also includes a demo that makes it even more accessible for the beginner web-designer. From the easiest functions to the most complex elements, the Bootstrap documentation covers all bases.


Bootstrap exploded through the web-design scene and it’s no surprise why. The combination of ready-made elements, bundled animations, extensive documentation and a passionate community make the Twitter Bootstrap framework an attractive solution for all levels of web-design. That’s not to say you’ll have your dream website in a snap, you still must have a pretty good knowledge of HTML and CSS to really get started. If you haven’t seen it already, we were fortunate enough to interview the creator of Bootstrap, Mark Otto. You can check out the full video here.

Thanks for reading all about this awesome Framework, be sure to comment below. Finally, I’ll leave you with one question. Do you Bootstrap?

Khronos Publishes Its Slides About OpenGL-Next

Earlier this month at SIGGRAPH Vancouver we were surprised yet delighted by the news of Khronos developing a next-generation graphics API following OpenGL 4.5. All of the Khronos Group slides about OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL-Next, and their other industry-standard APIs have now been published from their SIGGRAPH track…

Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 Test 1 Is an Interesting Debian and GNOME 3.12 Combination

Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 Test 1, a live and installation DVD based on Debian, aiming to provide a ready-to-use, easy-to-install desktop and laptop-optimized operating system, has been released and is now ready for testing.

The developers’ ultimate goal is to offer customers an easy-to-use OS based on Debian’s Wheezy branch, which employs a release of the GNOME desktop environment. The developers have made some very important changes since the previous stable release, but the general direction of … (read more)

Open-Source Radeon Graphics Have Some Improvements On Linux 3.17

Early benchmarking of the Linux 3.17 kernel have indicated faster performance for AMD’s open-source Linux graphics driver thanks to Radeon DRM improvements.

GitHub, Seagate, Western Digital & Others Join The Linux Foundation

With LinuxCon starting today in Chicago, the Linux Foundation has announced their latest sponsorship recruits for some major organizations that are now backing the foundation…

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Now Features Linux Kernel 3.16.1

The Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) development cycle is in full effect and the devs have just updated the Linux kernel for that release. Ubuntu developers have said for a while now that they are targeting Linux kernel 3.16.x for their release and they now have plenty of time to test the new stable branch, although it’s likely that several point releases will be made available before the kernel freeze gets into effect. "The Utopic kernel has been rebased to the first v3.16.1 upstream stab… (read more)

Qt5 Will Now Support LGPLv3 Modules

With the upcoming Qt 5.4 release, LGPLv3 is now an optional license alongside the existing LGPLv2.1 license and the commercial combination for Qt Enterprise…

GNOME’s Photo Booth Cheese App 3.14 Beta 1 Receives Numerous Fixes

Cheese, a Photobooth-inspired GNOME application for taking pictures and videos from a webcam that also includes graphical effects based on the gstreamer backend, has reached version 3.14 Beta 1.

Cheese can be used to take photos and videos and it’s based on GNOME 3.0, GStreamer, Clutter, and GNOME Video Effects. This latest development arrives with a handful of new features and various other changes and improvements.

According to the changelog, a simple service client example has been added,… (read more)

GNOME’s Tracker 1.1.3 Gets Improved Extractor

Tracker, a semantic data storage for desktop and mobile devices, which uses W3C standards for RDF ontologies and Nepomuk with SPARQL to query and update the data, has just reached version 1.1.3. The developers of Tracker have made numerous changes and improvements to the software and they have released a new version, but it’s not stable. "Tracker is a central repository of user information, that provides two big benefits for the user; shared data between applications and information whi… (read more)

Scientific Linux 7.0 Beta 3 Released

Fermilab developers continue to be hard at work on their Scientific Linux 7.0 OS, which of course is respun from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7…

GNOME Shell 3.14 Beta 1 Is an Exciting Release, Features Multiple Improvements

GNOME Shell, a user interface that provides functions for the GNOME desktop environment, has reached the Beta stage for the 3.14 development branch. The developers have been working hard to improve GNOME Shell since the 3.12 release and users will definitely notice some changes when they start the new Shell version for the first time. According to the changelog, the use of GLSL has been made optional, the on-screen-keyboard position on monitor changes has been updated, the window manager ani… (read more)

Proposed: A Tainted Performance State For The Linux Kernel

Similar to the kernel states of having a tainted kernel for using binary blob kernel modules or unsigned modules, a new tainting method has been proposed for warning the user about potentially adverse kernel performance…

Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software

Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software. The story broke out from a magazine called El Sábado de El Mercurio, which explains in great detail how the Microsoft lobby works and how it can overturn a law th… (read more)

Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT

Lennart Poettering announced the systemd 216 release on Tuesday and among its changes is a more complete systemd-resolved that has nearly complete caching DNS and LLMNR stub resolver, a new systemd terminal library, and a number of new commands…

Mesa 10.2.6 Has Plenty Of OpenGL Driver Bug Fixes

For those living on the Mesa 10.2 stable series rather than the experimental Mesa 10.3 code, there’s a new point release out today…